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Chilly and Chocolatey Days

Posted Dec 30 2009 12:00am

So that retro night dancing thing I was going to do the other night? I guess the rest of the city had the same idea because by the time I got there (which was relatively early) it was already at capacity and the line to get in was a beast. Boo. We waited almost an hour in the freeeezing cold but the line was moving at a snail’s pace and the toesies were on the verge of breaking off so we peaced out by about midnight. So sad, I was pumped for a good night out. Guess it’ll have to be made up for this week.

The am started out with a nice big mushy bowl of Weetabix, pumpkin, vanilla yogurt, banana, cinnamon & Peanut Butter Puffins. Does it get much better? Only when followed by a chocolate… or two.

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Filling up the morning with tidying, burying the remaining chocolate deep into the back of my closet (out of sight, out of mind?), sprinting and Shredding Jillian Michaels Level 3 style eventually led to a refuelling requirement.

Slaw mess with balsamic vinaigrette and a can of preflavoured lemon tuna. This was after the bread hunks dunked in large amounts of hummus, my nearly always unpictured yet nearly daily snack.

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A quick trip to Costco brought in some fresh veggies that I included in my dinner part A – Salt &Vinegar Popchips, baby tomatoes, carrots, shrooms, cucumbers, hummus, salsa, cottage cheese.

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Dinner part B was two small bowl of some Lean Cuisine chicken parmesan pasta bag my mom heated up for her dinner. Great lazy night low effort chow down…

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Chocolate, popcorn, and half watching half sleeping through Miss Congeniality 2 concluded my night. Man are my holidays low key. I don’t mind too much though, it’s too darn cold to stray away from the big fluffy pants and warm blankies.

I have suddenly developed a cold. Thanks winter? Time to load up on the fruits! And the cottage cheese… and the coffee… and the chocolate… fixing Colds with Cs? I think so! 

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A run and a snack on the run led up to a few hours of mall perusing, which didn’t result in much spending, which is probably a good thing since Christmas just ended. I did manage to snag some great deals on underwear and body lotions though. Nice.

By the time I got home it was time for some dinner and there were some pretty darn old portabellas crying for help in the fridge. Thus my makeshift stuffed portabellas were born.
- Quick cook brown rice, canned diced tomatoes, spinach, dried oregano, chilli powder, garlic powder, balsamic vinegar and some tahini dressing.
- All mixed together and spread onto the shrooms, which were then topped with either feta or mozzarella and cooked at 350 for 20 minutes.

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I should have patted them dry because they were a bit watery but otherwise they turned out fairly well. This was my first try of a cooked portabella and I have to admit, I didn’t love it, but that’s probably because I’m not a big steak fan at all, never have been, and these were very steaky/meaty. I would have liked them better sliced very thinly. Next time. My mom loved them though so I can’t blame my lack of love for them completely on my cooking skills.

I might be in the market for more popcorn tonight. Right around now. Little Miss Sunshine is on. On second thought, we’re on the restaurant scene and I’m thinking maybe I need something ‘a la mode’. Popcorn a la mode? Hmmm ;)

So… it’s almost New Years! Big plans? Dish em!
Ciao for now!

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